READ ENC Vision Statement

Due to our location and collaboration with regional partners such as ECU, Vidant Health Systems, and Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children, READ ENC seeks to serve as a hub for literacy resources, support and collaboration across eastern North Carolina. We hope to unify parents, teachers, childcare professionals, non-profit agencies, business, industry, government, academia, faith-based communities, and surrounding Grade-Level Reading Campaigns to ensure that every child is surrounded by people and programs needed to assure their 0-5 development, support their school success, and instill a lifelong passion for reading and learning. Doing so will improve our schools, build hope and possibility within our children and assure our continued growth and advancement. Over time, the region will become known for its collective passion and efforts in support of community literacy, kindergarten readiness, and school success. A specific commitment is made to helping all children read at or above grade level by the end of third grade due to the importance of this benchmark as a critical predictor of high school graduation and career success. Due to our community-wide investment in early literacy, we will be a destination for teachers, families, businesses, and industries who seek access to world-class schools and workforce. We will know we are successful when we have significantly increased the number of children who enter kindergarten “ready for school learning”, who experience learning-filled summers, who attend school regularly and, ultimately, who are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade.